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Principal Coal Advisor

Principal Coal Advisor

Application Close Date: 25-Feb-2018
Position Type:
Ongoing - Full Time
Job Reference:

  • Passionate about the responsible development of New Zealand's natural resources?
  • Looking to put your extensive coal geological knowledge and experience to new use?
  • Do you want to help New Zealand's economy by supporting responsible economic development?
  • Do you enjoy fast paced, dynamic work environments?


If the above sounds like you, then read on. 

An opportunity has arisen for a Principal Coal Advisor in the Energy & Resource Markets Branch at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.  

The Principal Coal Advisor provides expert technical analysis and strategic advice on New Zealand's coal resources to the National Manager Minerals. You will be responsible for providing advice on responsible development of Crown owned coal resources in accordance with the Crown Minerals Act 1991. These responsibilities result in positive outcomes for the Crown, namely increased value of the estate and maximised royalties to the Crown. 

Your responsibility spans the entire regulatory lifecycle of mineral development from first engagement with potential permit holders to responsible development of mining operations to extract New Zealand's mineral wealth.

The Principal Coal Advisor has responsibility for delivery of the coal work programme taking a whole-of system view including oversight of allocation decisions, monitoring of permit holders activities, and where needed involvement in compliance and enforcement actions. You will mentor and coach staff within the Minerals team and provide high level technical and strategic advice about the management and allocation of New Zealand's coal resources to a range of internal and external stakeholders.


Skills and Experience

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant technical discipline – geology, environmental management, or engineering
  • Extensive commercial and strategic experience in the mining sector and extensive knowledge of mineral/coal industry issues including underground operations
    • Ability to integrate the ‘big picture' (strategic and/or long term) approach with the day-to-day operational processes
    • Ability to develop strategies to achieve business outcomes
    • Highly developed analytical ability
  • Ability to integrate and balance statutory and specialist technical information and present them with simplicity and clarity that can be understood by a range of audiences
    • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
    • Effective  business writing skills
    • Ability to translate complex information into easily understood material
  • Experience of working on technically and/or politically and/or legally complex projects
    • Ability to think through ambiguous and conflicting requirements and solve problems pragmatically, effectively and promptly
    • Ability to brief Ministers and senior Managers
    • Ability to integrate specialist technical information concepts with exploration programme objectives
  • Ability to develop and maintain critical relationships with internal and external stakeholders
    • Credibility with and knowledge of key influencers within industry
    • Ability to negotiate directly with exploration and mining companies
    • Leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
    • Ability to motivate others
    • Must have the legal right to live and work in New Zealand


About the Organisation and the Group

The purpose of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is to grow New Zealand for all.  Our goal is to create a strong and high-performing economy by creating an environment that supports businesses to become more productive and internationally competitive.

MBIE works to better support connect and strengthen businesses. It backs New Zealand's talent, ideas, and business enterprise through ensuring safe and fair workplaces, developing and supporting the science and innovation system, better supporting businesses, and streamlining regulation.

The Energy & Resource Markets (ERM) Branch works to ensure environmentally responsible development of diverse energy resources, including petroleum and minerals, to support economic growth and secure and efficient use of energy.    New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals (the outward facing brand of ERM) manages the New Zealand Government's oil, gas, mineral and coal resources, providing strategic advice, operational regulation, compliance services and external sector leadership. ERM is focused on supporting the Government to develop this sector in a sensible, safe and environmentally responsible way.


How to apply

Click on the APPLY button below in order to be directed to our on-line careers website.  You may view a position description at this site, as well as complete the on-line application, and upload a CV and cover letter.

All applications must be submitted via our on-line process. 

Email Peter van de Merwe quoting reference MBIE1306669/1 at if you have any further questions.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday the 25th of February 2018


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